Ditch Processed Foods Today!
It is no surprise that Americans spend 90% of their hard earned cash on processed foods meaning there is room for improvement in this area for a majority of us.
This list is to help guide you to some quick changes or alternatives to help jump start your daily choices.
- Fruit is simple.
- Dips are an exciting way to add variety, apples & bananas both pair nicely with nut butter that contain no sweeteners or other additives.
- Dried fruits, fruit leathers, & frozen fruit (blueberries) are tasty treats. Look for brands that contain no added colors, sweeteners, oils or sulfur dioxide (Sulphur additives are toxic and in the U.S., they have been prohibited in raw fruit and vegetables. Adverse reactions include bronchial problems, low blood pressure, and anaphylactic shock).
- Fresh veggies
- Try chopping veggies (e.g., carrots, cucumber, broccoli & celery) into bite-sized pieces to make them more “snackable” or cut veggies into “sticks” for dipping in homemade hummus, dressing (olive oil & balsamic vinegar) or fresh guacamole.
- Hard-boiled eggs can be conveniently prepared & peeled days in advance.
- Nuts & seeds
- In-shell varieties (e.g., pistachios, peanuts, & sunflower seeds) can be included for occasional variety.
- Trail mix made with a variety of nuts, seeds & dried fruit is another great option. Make sure all of these ingredients are free of added oils, flavorings & other additives.
- Leafy salads, pasta salads, quinoa salads or bean salads.
- Make homemade dressings, & rotate the veggies & toppings (sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc.) for variety. Simple 3 – 5 ingredient salads can go a long way.
- Purchase plain, unsweetened yogurt & flavor your own with a puree of raw honey or organic maple syrup (not corn syrup) & fresh cut fruit.
- Leftover dinner – Make extra servings at dinnertime, & send leftovers for lunch in a thermos.
- Cheese – Look for organic, grass-fed varieties of cheese cubes or string cheese with no added colors or ingredients.
- Make your own homemade granola bars, cookies & muffins from whole grains or nut flours.
- Smoothies or Shakes
- Make with frozen fruit that you freeze or store bought that contains no added colors, sweeteners, oils or sulfur dioxide.
- Use organic coconut milk, almond milk or goat’s milk.
- Freezing bananas are very inexpensive. Freeze fresh fruit from local farms (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches can all be picked locally)
Avoid these 7 toxic foods, beverages, & additives that are quite common in the American diet.
DIET SODAS & BEVERAGES. Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) saccharin (Sweet’N Low), & sucralose (Splenda) are among the more popular artificial sweeteners used in many diet sodas, juices, chewing gums, & other foods tend to promote obesity.
If you want to protect yourself against chronic illness & toxicity — aspartame literally converts to formaldehyde in the body & causes metabolic acidosis — it is best to stick with either raw sugars or natural sugar substitutes like pure stevia extract, honey, and organic maple syrup.
High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the silent killer. It is not really much of a secret anymore that HFCS, despite all the corn industry shilling, is a toxic sweetener that should be avoided. Since it is linked to obesity, brain damage, low IQ, & even mercury poisoning, avoiding all foods that contain HFCS — this can include bread, cereals, & other seemingly innocuous foods — will do wonders for your health.
Most vegetable oils, including hydrogenated & ‘trans’ fat varieties. The misdirected war on saturated fats has convinced millions of people that unsaturated vegetable oils are a healthy alternative. Not only do many vegetable oils turn rancid quickly, which means they are toxic, but many of them also contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids which, apart from omega-3 fatty acids, can cause severe health problems like heart disease & cancer.
Many vegetable oils are also derived from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), including canola, soy, & corn oils. These same oils are often hydrogenated as well, a process that turns them into heart-destroying solid oils. Avoiding these & sticking instead to healthy fats like grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, & hemp oil will greatly improve your health & lower your risk of disease.
White bread, pasta, & other refined flour foods. They are cheap, plentiful, & come in hundreds of varieties. But white bread, pasta, & other foods made from refined flour are among the top health destroyers in America today. Not only are most white flour products carcinogenic because they are bleached & bromated, but they also lack vital nutrients that are stripped away during processing. Avoid them, & all processed wheat products if possible, to optimize your health.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG), carrageenan, & refined salt. Often hidden in foods under deceptive names, MSG is a pervasive salt chemical you will want to avoid that is linked to causing headaches, heart problems, brain damage, & other problems. Carrageenan, another chemical additive often hidden in “natural” & organic foods like nut milk & lunch meats, is similarly worth avoiding, as it can cause gastrointestinal upset & colon cancer.
Processed salt, which is added to just about everything these days, lacks the trace minerals normally present in sea & earth salts, which means it ends up robbing your body of these vital nutrients. Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, & stroke are just a few of the many conditions that can result from refined salt intake, so your best bet is to stick with unrefined sea salts & other full-spectrum salts.
Not all stress is BAD. A 20-minute workout for a fit & trim 60-year old could be good stress. The same workout for an out-of-shape 30-year old might be bad stress!
Whether your body has good stress or bad stress on it, largely is a function of how well it can accommodate. The bottom line is that this capacity is based on the condition of your nervous system (& its ability to adapt).
“Not all stress is bad! Our reaction to stress is based on multiple factors.”
“Stress is part of everyday living. In fact, a stress-free life would be boring! Life is enjoyable when we have ample resources to experience & overcome the stresses we face.”
Sometimes a whiplash injury from a car accident is an obvious source of physical stress, but so can repetitive motions, a slip & falls, sleeplessness or overdoing it in the yard. Early on as a kid, just learning to walk, ride a bike & the birth processes are sources of physical stress.
It’s not just the stress—it’s your reaction to it that makes a difference!
Accumulated stress wears us out. Then, something as simple as picking up a pen off the floor can put us over the edge. It’s not just what you’re doing, but how you’re doing it. Chiropractic care helps restore your adaptive capacity.
Emotions like fear, grief, & anger can affect our entire body. Think about the posture of someone who is sad or depressed. Frustration, or a sense of powerlessness at work, can be a common form of emotional stress.
It’s not the stress, but our response to it that is important. Chiropractic helps your body deal with the stress & can help you respond more efficiently.
Chemical stress can come from poor nutrition, sugar, refined carbohydrates & unhealthy fats. Drugs, artificial preservatives, tobacco, alcohol, vaccinations, allergens/pollen & a host of other things can also affect our nervous systems, muscle tone & our spine.
The problem isn’t necessarily just the pollen because not everyone reacts the same to it. Symptoms can show up when you lose your ability to adapt. Chiropractic care has helped millions reduce or eliminate reactions to all kinds of chemical stressors.
If you lack the reserves to adapt to stress in a healthy way, it will take a toll on you! If your body reacts by “tripping a circuit breaker,” causing vertebral subluxation, chiropractic care can likely help.
How does stress affect my spine?
Picture your spinal cord as a guitar string. The more tension, the higher the note. Your nervous system has “tone” as well. With each stressor, your body “winds up”, like bracing yourself for a tight curve on a roller coaster. The weakest joints of your spine are forced out of their normal position. Like the “shrill” notes from an over-tightened guitar string, your body will lose its capacity to respond to the full range of capacity. & this is where dis-ease comes from.
Can chiropractic care solve all my problems?
Of course not! Much of the stress we experience is largely self-induced. Stress is a natural part of life. Chiropractic care at Corrective Chiropractic in Greenville NC can’t eliminate stress, but it can help increase your capacity to function with it.
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Adaptation is of prime importance in chiropractic. The purpose of this profession is to enable the innate intelligence of the body to be expressed more fully by removing nerve interference at the vertebral level. The most obvious sign of that expression of intelligence through matter (life) is adaptation. Clearly, the body can also adapt better without disease, but addressing disease is not the objective of chiropractic. That’s the objective of medicine. Improved performance & reaching full potential in life will also enable one to better adapt, but that is not our objective either. Those, like disease treatment , re possible results of a body adapting more effectively & there are professions concerned with those objectives (like Spinology for example). The chiropractic objective begins & ends with the correction of vertebral subluxation. The results of that service are literally out of our hands & are the responsibility of the innate intelligence of the body.